Nine new judges, including three women, have been administered the oath of office as judges of the Supreme Court by Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana. The strength of the Supreme Court would go up to 33, including the CJI, out of the sanctioned strength of 34, after the swearing-in of the nine new judges. Three out of these nine new judges — Justice Vikram Nath and Justice BV Nagarathna and Justice PS Narasimha — are in line to become the chief justice of India.
This is the first time that nine judges were sworn in together in the history of the top court. Traditionally, new judges take the oath of office in the CJI’s courtroom, but due to that Covid pandemic, the swearing-in ceremony would be held in the auditorium of the Supreme Court’s additional building complex.
Here are the names of nine new judges of the Supreme Court:
- Justice Vikram Nath: Justice Nath, who was the chief justice of the Gujarat High Court, is in line to become the CJI upon the retirement of sitting top court judge Justice Surya Kant in February 2027.
- Justice BV Nagarathna: Justice Nagarathna was a judge of the Karnataka High Court. Justice Nagarathna is in line to become the first woman CJI in September 2027.
- Justice PS Narasimha: Justice Narasimha was a senior advocate and former additional solicitor general. Justice Narasimha would succeed Justice Nagarathna as the CJI and would have a tenure of over six months.
- Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka: Justice Oka was the chief justice of the Karnataka High Court).
- Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari: Justice Maheshwari was the chief justice of the Sikkim High Court.
- Justice Hima Kohli: Justice Kohli was the chief justice of the Telangana High Court
- Justice CT Ravikumar: Justice Ravikumar was a judge of the Kerala High Court
- Justice MM Sundresh: Justice Sundresh was a judge of the Madras High Court
- Justice Bela M Trivedi: Justice Trivedi was a judge of the Gujarat High Court
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- 48th Chief Justice of India (CJI): Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana;
- Supreme Court of India Established: 26 January 1950.